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Back Pain and Raw Food

I  was recently feeling very strong and ready to take on the world when I ventured back to California to clean up our home once the renters moved out. I was pretty shocked to see the condition. I don’t know why I expected it to be the way I left it. Nonetheless, after I spent 2 days cleaning, wiping out cupboards, walls and sorting through the remaining items left at the house, I realized that the bedroom walls couldn’t be cleaned enough to satisfy a new tenant.

Keep in mind that I had driven for 11 hours prior to arriving at the house, and I only brought enough raw food for the first day. I made some nice raw selections the day after I arrived and thought I would simply make daily purchases for food to keep it simple.

I was feeling very tired by the third day and my body ached from sleeping on the air bed. Needless to say my body was getting ready to rebel. I could feel it coming, but pushed through in order to get the house done. We had decided to drive the truck so we could pick up the rest of our items we had left with the home as a semi-furnished rental. We had been told the home was professionally cleaned, so we were expecting a better situation than what we walked into. I was secretly planning reunions with my friends for the weekend, to be squeezed in between the repair work. My bad!

By the time we started painting the bedrooms, I was fatigued and really missing my green smoothies. If I had a blender with me, I could have made it work, but I was running on adrenaline and some grapes because once I started, I didn’t want to take a break. I knew we had limited time to get it all done, so once again I pushed on.

I felt it coming as I bent over to roll the paint on the wall, then it happened…snap. My lower back snapped and made me fall to the ground in pain. I held the roller up high enough to not touch the floor, but it was over. The effects of the stress and lack of normal routine and self care over these four days took their toll on my body. On the way back home, I had to ride in the back seat of the truck with my back flat on the seat. We got back last Wednesday and I am still feeling this deep intense pain, but am finally able to sit upright.

The moral to my story is to above all else, whenever possible PLAN AHEAD so you don’t get caught off guard by unexpected events…aka LIFE. I care about you. I care about me, but sometimes our decisions aren’t always the best when we are feeling under pressure. Take care if yourself. No one else will.

~Rawma

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SUPERBOWL BLUES TRUE TEST OF STRENGTH

So today was SUPERBOWL SUNDAY and in the past I have made very merry of myself. This year though, I had moments of clarity and what family and friends really mean to us. Here I was watching the not so creative (in my opinion) commercials and my mother hands me a plate of mini-pizzas, fried mozarella and greasy chips with cream cheese/chilli dip.

I think the look on my face must have scared her a little, but she still didn’t stop for one moment to think about what she was trying to feed me. Here I am her baby girl and she is showing her love by filling me up with artery stopping, pore clogging, weight gaining fatty “food”. HELP! I love my mom, but I really think she has selective hearing and maybe her vision isn’t so great either since – 1. I am Vegan and 2. I am always showing her healthier ways to eat. Is this a Test? Is it oblivion? I don’t know for sure, but I do know that I am happy to report that only a slight bit of this badness entered my body today along with a lot of water and enzymes to wash me out. I don’t mean to put you off by saying that I never eat this way. Many people do and that it their choice. I’m just saying that if one has spent a great deal of time educating and explaining her position to those around her, maybe, just maybe out of simple respect, someone could serve up a salad…or anything else resembling food?! Ok, enough about me…how was your SUPERBOWL?

 

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